With its headquarters in Istanbul, Columbia Global Centers | Turkey serves as a hub for programs and initiatives throughout Turkey. As an outpost of Columbia, not only will the Center contribute to the academic and research environment of Turkey across a variety of fields, but it will also allow members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Turkey. The Center will collaborate closely with local universities, non-governmental organizations and governmental institutions. Columbia Global Centers | Turkey was launched in November 2011 and became fully operational in January 2012.
Turkey in Istanbul Project
One of the themes the Centers will be working on is how to create the best possible conditions for press freedom all over the world. This is an area of particular interest for both the Centers and the School of Journalism at Columbia. It is an enormous project, and in Istanbul as part of the center’s official launch, we propose to take on one defined aspect of it. This event is supported by The Saul and Janice Poliak Center for the Study of First Amendment Issues at the Graduate School of Journalism.
- Ali Aslan '00JRN,'01SIPA, Host of the international talk show "Quadriga" on Deutsche Welle TV and former policy and media advisor to the German Federal Government
- Vuslat Doğan Sabancı '96SIPA, Chairwoman of the Board of the Hürr¡yet Publishing and Printing Company
- Nazlı Gönensay Akbaygil '94GSAPP, Principal and Owner, 212 Architecture
- Emre Kurttepeli '90SEAS, Founder and Chairman of Mynet Group and Internet investor
Watch this video of the Ottoman Classical Music Conversation with Necati Çelik, of the State Classical Music Ensemble, and Celaleddin Çelik, held at Columbia Global Centers | Turkey and co-sponsored by Columbia Alumni Association (length 58:51). Watch full-size version here